Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day 57: Offerings and Homecoming

Leviticus 6, 7 and Mark 6:1-29

This section of Leviticus give us accounts of offerings to God. In Mark we learn about Jesus’ homecoming experience (hint: Your first homecoming was probably better!)

Leviticus 6

Listed here are offerings for the sins of robbery, failure to care for something entrusted to you, and defrauding another. These are things to do to help make restitution in society and with God. Defraud here more than likely refers to not giving someone the agreed upon or fair wages, or withholding wages for some negligible reason. The people were to repay the amount plus one fifth. These particular rules dealt with the person offering the gift, not the priest receiving it.
As chapter 6 continues we are given rules of offerings applying specifically to the priests. This section speaks directly to the leaders of worship to tell them what is and what is not acceptable for them to eat from an offering or sacrifice. Somethings were never to be eaten, fat and blood. Others were okay in certain instances. You could eat from a sin offering, but not from an atonement sacrifice.

Leviticus 7:

Chapter seven continues the rules for priests concerning offerings. Each priest was to eat whatever they were the ones to sacrifice. There are two exceptions to this. One, the raw grain offering was to be divided between the whole of the priests. Two, the breast of the beast was to be divided among all of the priests, but the individual priest was allowed to keep the right thigh.
I will add that, once again, I am so thankful to not have to participate in these sacrifices.

Mark 6:1-29

Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth. He is not welcomed with open arms. People do not believe in him, they do not accept him, and there is very little he is able to do among them because of their unbelief. He does, Mark tells us, heal a few people.  Perhaps the saying is true, you can never go home again.
Jesus sends out the twelve, two by two, to cast out demons and heal. They are able to perform great deeds in his name. So great that word of Jesus and the disciples spreads all the way to the home of Herod, the “king”.
Herad is convinced that Jesus is John the Baptist, risen from the dead. Why would he think that? Here Mark gives us the account of the death of John the Baptist. It tells us that Herod had a guilty conscience and was afraid of facing judgement for his sins. Remember that according to the rules in Leviticus you are not guilty of sin until it is revealed to you. This is the instance I believe when Herod realizes his blood guilt.

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